Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Early Showers Give Way To Some Sun Later

Showers are around the region this morning as a disturbance tracks through the Mid Atlantic ahead of a weak cool front.  As of 4 AM, scattered light showers are out around the Philly metro as well as into South Jersey, with a larger batch of showers across the far western suburbs, all moving east.  Since we're ahead of the weak cool front, it's a really mild morning around the region as temperatures are generally in the 50's throughout Southeast Pennsylvania, Delaware, and South Jersey.  The exceptions to that are the Poconos (40's) and the Lehigh Valley (cool air pooling in the valley giving them 30's this morning).  

Don't get used to such mild weather lasting...

The cool front will slide through the region as the day progresses, pushing the showers on through over the next several hours and having them clear the region by 10 or 11 AM.  Skies will transition to a mix of sun and clouds this afternoon, with a bit more sunshine possible south of the city than north.  Despite the cool front, the west breezes it will bring will result in temperatures bouncing higher into the afternoon hours before cooler air slides in tonight.  Assuming at least some sunshine later on, temperatures will bounce into the lower 60's for Southeast Pennsylvania, Philly, and South Jersey.  If we get more sunshine, we could get some mid 60's in some locations along I-95 and south/east.  Records appear to be safe today -- Philly's record for today is 70 from 2002, with Mount Pocono (59), Reading (67), Trenton (66), and Allentown (65) not having record highs of 70 or above for today in our immediate area.  We'll start February much like we ended January...once these showers clear the area in a few hours.